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Olympic View Golf Club

Olympic View is rated "Four Stars" in Golf Digest's Best Places to Play 2009 and listed on the #20 Best Golf Experiences in Canada and USA West, Fairways and Greens Magazine 2006. Previously ranked within the Top 35 Public Golf Courses in Canada and Top 50 Golf Courses in Canada by Score Golf Magazine. Guests of The Fairmont Empress receive exclusive savings at Olympic View Golf Course (Promo Code: EMPRESS).
Rates are valid for online bookings only, using the promo code provided. Proof of stay at the hotel may be required at time of check in (room key or invoice).
Monday - Thursday $60 (Regular $80)
Friday - Sunday $70 (Regular $86)
Located at 643 Latoria Road, Victoria. Book Online Reservations or contact for more information at (250) 474-3673.

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, known locally as 'The Ridge', is the perfect introduction to golf on Vancouver Island.  Experience an unforgettable golf adventure in this rustic country setting, with stunning views of the tranquil Satellite Channel and Mt. Baker's mighty snow-capped peak.  The sublime challenge of this 6,400-yard championship course, punctuated by the 17th hole with its island green, never fails to evoke the imagination of true golf aficionados. Located at 3515 Telegraph Road, Cobblehill. Reservations and information at (250) 743-5000.

Other Victoria Golf Courses

Gorge Vale

  • Semi-private course               
  • Tel: (250) 383-6451               
  • Located at 629 Craigflower Road

Royal Colwood

  • Semi-private course               
  • Tel: (250) 478-8331               
  • Located at 629 Goldstream Avenue


  • Semi-private course               
  • Tel: (250) 592-7313               
  • Located at 3300 Cadboro Bay Road


  • Private course               
  • Tel: (250) 598-4321               
  • Located at 1110 Beach Drive

Bear Mountain Golf & Country Club

  • Public Course              
  • Tel: (250) 744-2327               
  • Located at 1999 Country Club Way

Please Note:

  • All rates are based on 18 holes unless noted otherwise.               
  • Shuttle service is available during the summer season for a fee.                          
  • Private clubs do award reciprocal membership privileges.             
  • Tee times and course details may be confirmed through the hotel Concierge or by contacting the course directly. All information may change without notice.
  • Golf packages are available on the hotel's package page, click here for details.


Discover the beauty of Canada's West Coast from a sea kayak. Explore intricate shorelines of Victoria, BC while gliding past sandy beaches in your own kayak. Join a sea-kayaking course that ranges from a three-hour evening clinic to full-weekend adventures.

Indulge yourself in the joys of sea kayaking on a guided tour. Scheduled tours are available from June to September; however, clinics and group tour bookings are available year-round.



Courts are within a short walking distance from the hotel at Beacon Hill Park and are on a first come, first serve basis.

Squash and Racquetball

Courts are located at the YM/YWCA, a five minute walk from the hotel. 


Explore nature on the West Coast of Canada. Half and full day guided hikes are available in the most spectacular natural settings on Southern Vancouver Island. These high-quality interpretive nature hikes will heighten your environmental awareness and nature appreciation.

The Victoria area offers beautiful rugged, coastal hikes or mountainous, panoramic climbs. There is hiking for every level - from novice to seasoned experts.


The Fairmont Empress now offers BMW bicycles exclusively for Fairmont President's Club members. Additionally bicycle rentals are available from the Concierge Desk.

$8.00/hour or 5-hour rate of $30.00 
(Note: After the 5-hour rate an hourly rate of $6.00 will be charged for each additional hour of use).

Mountain Biking

Pedal your way through the city of Victoria. The seaside vistas and rolling hills make biking a favorite activity in the area. The Galloping Goose Trail, an old railway track, provides automobile-free cycling as it takes you through beautiful Victoria.

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